Rove Mobile has introduced software said to let Windows Mobile phones control desktop PCs remotely, with intelligent scaling and panning that makes their entire screens viewable. PCMobilizr works even if the desktop is behind a firewall or home router, according to the company.
PCMobilizr is based on the cross-platform, open-source Virtual Network Computing (VNC protocol), originally developed at AT&T's Cambridge Laboratory in the UK. Sort of like Microsoft's RDP (remote desktop protocol), VNC allows access to a PC's entire graphical desktop, rather than to just one application at a time, as with the X Window system, SSH tunnels, and other remote access systems.
Open source and commercial VNC clients are servers are available for just about every version of every OS ever written, including Linux, BSD, Mac OS 7-9 and X, and every desktop and server Windows OS flavor. VNC has been available for Windows CE or Windows Mobile under various guises in the past, including .NET VNC. Remote control solutions for Windows include Logmein, GoToMyPC, and Laplink Anywhere.
Rove says that most VNC-based products focus on providing remote access from one PC to another. A few aim to offer remote access from a PC to a smartphone. PCMobilzr is said to work in the other direction, enabling mobile device users to access files, applications, programs, and network resources on the PC.
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